Newmarket Films’ The Way Back (PG-13) is about a group of multi-national prisoners during World War II who escape a Siberian gulag, traveling 4,000 miles across five countries. The story follows them through their epic journey across mountains and deserts as they battle the perils of nature and starvation.
The Way Back, based on Slawomir Rawiez’s memoir “The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom”, is scheduled for limited release Dec. 29 in Los Angeles and will hit theatres everywhere else on January 21.
The film’s cast includes multiple acclaimed actors. Jim Sturgress known for his lead roles in 21 and Across the Universe; Colin Farrell, who starred in The New World, Maimi Vice, and Alexander; Saoirse Ronan from The Lovely Bones and Atonement; Mark Strong from Sherlock Holmes and The Young Victoria; Copying Beethoven’s Ed Harris will all star in this film.
Sony Pictures’ How Do You Know, scheduled for release Dec. 17, is about a 27 year old professional softball player who gets caught up in a love triangle between her major league pitcher boyfriend and a cooperate executive.
The romantic comedy is written and directed by Academy Award winning director James L. Brooks, developer of The Simpsons television series. Brooks also directed Spanglish, Broadcast News, The Simpsons Movie, and As Good as It Gets.
Paramount Picture’s The Fighter, scheduled for wide release Dec. 17, is a true story about the life of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his half-brother Dickie Eklund who trains him to become a professional boxer in the 1980s. Ward dreams of making enough money to support his daughter through boxing as Eklund’s detrimental drug addiction spoils the two brothers’ relationship. The story follows Eklund and Ward as they fight to get their both their lives back on track.
The Fighter is directed by David Russell and stars Mark Wahlberg as Ward and Christian Bale as Eklund. According to IMDb, this will be Russell and Wahlberg’s third film collaboration after Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees.
Touchstone Pictures The Tempest (PG-13) will combine the same elements of romance, fantasy and drama present in Shakespeare’s whimsical playwright on Dec 10.
The Tempest, which is believed to be the last play Shakespeare has ever written, is about Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, whose jealous brother Antonio, banishes him and his young daughter to a deserted island. After 12 years of exile Prospero uses magic and manipulation to conjure up a storm that will lead Anton and King Alanso of Naples to the Island. Hoping for his daughter to marry the right man, Prospero manipulates his daughter into liking Alanso’s son, Ferdinand. But after he sees that they have fallen in love too quickly, he forces Ferdinand to become his servant.
The film industry has always been a little shaky in producing films off of Shakespeare plays. Just like the 1996 film Romeo and Juliet, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, the dialogue in the Tempest will be purely in Shakespearean iambic pentameter.
Critic Desson Howe of the Washington Post said Romeo and Juliet lost its relevance to the play because it was over-stylized. Howe said, “The tragedy of this movie is not that the lovers might perish from poison, it’s that they’re innocent victims of stylistic overkill.”
This can only mean The Tempest will be either a straight-out win or fail in the critics’ eyes.
Let’s hope it’s a win!
If you’re looking for an action-thriller that may not be a train wreck check out 20th Century Fox’s Unstoppable (PG-13) on Nov. 12.
Unstoppable, directed by Tony Scott, is about an engineer and a conductor who risk their lives trying to stop an unmanned, half-mile long train, carrying poisonous gas and explosive chemicals before it destroys an entire city.
The film is said to be loosely inspired by the unmanned train incident that occured in Ohio in 2001, where trainmaster Jon Hosfeld and transportation workers were able to stop a runaway freight train carrying thousands of gallons of highly hazardous chemicals. CNN reported that after two hours, engineers were able to slow the train down as Hosfeld was able to jump on a stop it.
New costumes influenced by this year’s successful films have become widely available at costume stores across the nation.
In spirit of Halloween, here’s a collection of 2010’s new movie costumes:
The film is a remake of the 2005 French film “Anthony Zimmer”.
The Tourist about an American tourist, Frank (Depp), who travels to Italy and meets an English woman, Elise (Jolie), on the train. Elise uses Frank in order to mislead those following her for her former lover, who is a wanted criminal. As the romance unfolds between the two, they realize they are being used as pawns in a dangerous scheme.
The movie was filmed both in in Paris and Venice.
Imagine being trapped under a rock in the middle of Utah for nearly a week without food, water, or another soul in sight.
Now imagine amputating your arm in order to survive.
This was the case for American climber Aron Ralston.
Just like Slumdog Millionaire it is a story about survival and independence.
It stars James Franco as Ralston, as he battles some nature’s most fatal conditions and resorts to desperate measures to ensure his own life.